House lawmakers early this (FRI) morning passed a billion-dollar package for state buildings and public works projects that borrows $846-million in a bonding bill, and spends $200-million from the state’s expected budget surplus. The U-of-M gets $119-million from the bonding bill for a number of building projects, and state colleges and universities receive $159-million. Locally, there’s $63-million to renovate the state Security Hospital and sex offender treatment program facilities in Saint Peter, flood mitigation funds for the City of Truman, and money for a convention center upgrade in Mankato. There is also $22-million for the Lewis and Clark regional water system in southwest Minnesota, and $126-million to continue renovations at the State Capitol building. The Senate takes up the bonding bill today as lawmakers prepare to finish the 2014 legislative session later in the day.